Jul 12, 2017 Culture Comments Off on Foreign ministry protests name change to Bahrain trade office
The foreign ministry has issued a protest after the name of Taiwan's trade office in Bahrain was changed.
On Wednesday, the foreign ministry expressed its dissatisfaction and regret at the name change, which replaces the word Taiwan with the word Taipei. The office's old name had been in use since 2004.
Bahrain's decision to change the name follows similar name changes to Taiwanese offices in Dubai, Nigeria, and Ecuador. According to the foreign ministry, the latest change is the result of pressure from Beijing.
Despite the name change, the office remains open and functioning as normal. The foreign ministry says that Bahrain is an important source of fossil fuels and primary aluminum. At the same time, the ministry says the country is important for Taiwan's efforts to develop Muslim markets in the Middle East.
The ministry says that for these reasons, and in order to further Taiwan's trade interests, it will continue to promote exchanges and cooperation with Bahrain.
Source: Radio Taiwan International
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